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Multi-talented professor Carol Stephenson can teach and do

Multi-talented professor Carol Stephenson can teach and do
Adjunct Professor of Music Carol Stephenson not only teaches at the University of La Verne, but also performs at the Whittier Community Theatre, among other venues. Originally from Nebraska, Stephenson has taught at the University for nine years. /photo by Candice Salazar Erica Lares Staff Writer “Quilters” is a musical performance about poor pioneer women from Texas to Nebraska and how they come... 

Gratz Band hits all the right notes with inspirational jazz

Gratz Band hits all the right notes with inspirational jazz
Professor Reed Gratz and his band – which includes Mike Bennett on drums, Michael O’Neill on guitar and Andrew Ford on bass – performed in Morgan Auditorium on Valentine’s Day. This was the first concert in the renovated hall formerly known as Founders Auditorium. / photos by Candice Salazar Karlie Bettencourt Associate Arts Editor The Reed Gratz Band filled Morgan Auditorium will the cool... 

Chorale to host show

Carly Hill Arts Editor The University of La Verne Chorale and Chamber singers will host a holiday concert, “A Musical Gift: A Christmas Collage,” for the community at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the La Verne Church of the Brethren. Choir director James Calhoun, assistant professor of music, will lead the groups in holiday songs and carols for the season. The concert will feature Adjunct Instructor of Music... 

Student recital highlights new talent

Student recital highlights new talent
Maggie Moreno joined fellow students of adjunct professors Carol Stephenson and Moh-Wei Chen-Hribar for a student recital Nov. 18 in the University Chapel. Chen-Hribar accompanied the students on piano as they performed pieces they learned in one-on-one sessions with the professors. / photo by Christopher Guzman Marilyn Mejia Staff Writer The small University Chapel was filled with the sound of... 

Performers get lost in the rhythm

Performers get lost in the rhythm
Juan Carlos Blanco and Kati Hernandez perform the rumba yambú, a traditional Cuban couples dance, in Lyman Hall at Pomona College. Blanco, born in Havana, had been performing professionally for 15 years before coming to the United States and has also founded his own Afro-Cuban music company Omo Aché. Hernandez, also a native of Cuba, has been dancing since age 9 and graduated from the Escuela... 

Grace Xia Zhao’s faculty recital captivates viewers

Grace Xia Zhao's faculty recital captivates viewers
Artist in Residence Grace Xia Zhao was greeted with a packed house on Friday for her piano recital in the Steinway Studio. The recital included a selection of works by composer Franz Liszt, such as Piano Sonata in B Minor and Mephisto Waltz. Zhao received her doctorate in music at the University of Southern California; she is an award-winning, international solo and chamber music artist. / photo by... 

Heartstop keeps beating

Heartstop keeps beating
Heartstop, featuring Jake Hawkes on keyboard and Tristan Montgomery on bass, rocked out for students Wednesday in Sneaky Park as part of a week of Las Vegas-themed homecoming events at the University of La Verne. Heartstop, a Los Angeles-area band has performed at the University before, most recently in May with the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus in the Frantz Athletic Court. / photo by Christopher Guzman Christopher... 

Guitar concert hits right chords

Tennille Wright Staff Writer “A free show worth every penny,” joked musicians Roberto Catalano and Carlos Calvo during their acoustic guitar concert last week in the Campus Center Ballroom. The audience was abuzz with anticipation as the two performers came out with their guitars. Their enjoyment grew as the musicians played. The small but interactive crowd moved closer to the stage, creating a... 

Claremont faculty bring classics to life

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Sweet sounds bounced off towering, white walls as Concordia Clarimontis, the faculty period-instrument ensemble of Claremont Graduate University, began its opening piece Tuesday afternoon in Kresge Chapel. The ensemble’s first piece, a sonata by Dietrich Buxtehude, was a great sample of what these musicians could do together. Synthesizing the distinct sounds of each of their... 

Chris Williams gives audience all that jazz

Chris Williams gives audience all that jazz
Jazz vocalist Chris Williams and a band of six other musicians entertained the crowd Monday night in the Jane Dibbell Cabaret. Williams started off the night with an improvised blues number followed by a number of jazz classics, including “Come Fly With Me” and “Comes Love.” The band also featured Reed Gratz, professor of music, on keyboards./ photo by Jakeh Landrum Jason Cox Staff Writer Award-winning... 
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